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River cruising online #3

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Travel Weekly on the European flooding:

River cruise lines last week began to unravel the tangle of dozens of canceled cruises and hundreds of rebookings and refunds they have had to issue in the wake of some of the worst flooding in Central Europe in decades. The lines also started to take stock of the millions of dollars in losses they incurred as a result of the flooding.

Report about Rüdesheim in the West Australian while cruising with Scenic:

Day two of my eight-day European cruise on Scenic Jewel and after a truly refreshing sleep in my Royal Suite cabin - goodbye, jet lag - I'm ready for a trip to Rudesheim am Rhein, a charming little German tourist town on the river which I first visited 30 years ago. I wonder if it has changed.

Uniworld is going to launch only one ship instead of two:

Last August, Uniworld unveiled plans to launch two newbuilds in Europe in 2014, the Alexandra and the Catherine. 

The Alexandra was intended to be the sister ship to the 164-passenger Antoinette and was going to sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, and the Catherine was going to be fashioned after the 132-passenger River Royale and sail in France. But Uniworld has indefinitely scratched plans to launch the Alexandra and will instead only introduce the Catherine, sister ship to the Antoinette, which will sail in France. The company did not provide any further insight into why it was scaling back its newbuild plans.

USA Today writes about river cruise ships in general:

River ships are built for leisurely cruising on inland waterways, including the Danube, Rhine, Volga, Nile, Yangtze, Mekong, Amazon and Mississippi rivers. Especially in Europe, the size of the ships is restricted so that the vessels can get through tight locks and under low bridges. Generally, public spaces are an open-seating dining room, large windowed lounge with bar and expansive sundeck, sometimes with a whirlpool and golf-putting area.

Avalon offers a new restaurant type on the Avalon Expression:

Fresh from the Netherlands' Den Breejen Shipyard and sailing its christening cruise in early May, the Avalon Expression debuted the bistro concept to a group of journalists onboard for the ship's maiden voyage. The main course consisted of a beef roulade, a thin, rolled flank steak seasoned and baked to perfection, which sat on a small dinner plate alongside a broiled sea scallop and an artfully plated helping of alpine spaetzle.

Viking releases a river cruise Atlas for 2014, mainly for guests from AU and NZ:

Viking River Cruises announces three new exciting itineraries in 2014 which have been tailored to suit the tastes and needs of the experienced Australian and New Zealand traveller. The vessels featured for the Australian & New Zealand market are the newest Longships with the most cutting edge features, and the itineraries now include exciting new destinations such as Portugal, Burma and a new way to see Bordeaux as well as Old European favourites such as Grand European Tour and European Odyssey. Viking has also reintroduced Elegant Elbe, Footsteps of the Cossacks, Magnificent Mekong and Tulips and Windmills.

AMA Waterways announces first knitting theme cruise:

“In today’s increasingly digital world, more and more people are embracing the do-it-yourself, handmade trend. This cruise will bring together a community of knitters and give them opportunities to learn new techniques, find inspiration for new projects, and show off their personal style and creativity.”

Postbulletin writes about its upcoming cruise through France on the Seine in 2014:

Next summer's Post-Bulletin sponsored cruise, a voyage along the picturesque Seine River in the heart of France — considered by many to be one of Europe's most scenic waterways — is full of stops that should be on everyone's list.

A more general article on australian cruisers:

The number of Australians taking a cruise holiday more than doubled over the past four years and grew by 11 per cent last year alone, to almost 700,000. That equalled Germany for the most growth in developed cruise markets, according to the latest Cruise Lines International Association data. The number of Australians taking European cruises grew by 26 per cent last year, to almost 60,000, but demand for Asian cruises fell 13 per cent. "For Australians, the Mediterranean is the first choice for cruising," Lefebvre d'Ovidio tells the deal in a rare interview. "Europe is what they like because it is their winter season. They also enjoy the Baltic and they like Alaska."

Croisi Europe combines two river cruises on Rhine and Rhone:

The new itinerary, which launches next year, will see passengers board in Amsterdam, before setting off along a scenic and cultural route though Holland, Germany and France.

The Vancouver Sun on the European flood:

It's against that backdrop that the river ships of Europe started cancelling cruises, busing passengers and moving ships that were full to alternative routes. Did their emergency plans succeed? Were the cruise lines transparent with their customers and the media? Were they quick enough making decisions as it became obvious that portions of their routes were going to be shut down. Did passengers who were disrupted receive fair compensation?